The Costa Rican Social Security Department will be asking the Ministry of Health to make a declaration of absence of candidates in order hire in twelve foreign medical specialties.
Among the specialists that could be hired are anesthesiologists, radiologists and several pediatric subspecialists.The purpose of this request is to start solving the problem of a shortage of more than 600 medical specialists.Furthermore, "... The Costa Rican Social Security Department has also requested authorization to create 45 new positions for medical residents and send abroad, gradually, up to 244 doctors to train as specialists."
A new edict orders procedures which are very similar to the "melting pot" held under previous administrations, in order to regularize the status of undocumented immigrants.
An article on Prensa.com reports that "...Decrees 167 and 168 issued on June 3, 2016 by the Executive for general regularization and also for migrants from China, respectively, have generated a debate about its resemblance to Decree 547 of July 22, 2012, whereby migratory regularization fairs known as the Melting Pot were created during the administration of Ricardo Martinelli."
It has been announced that there will be an end to liberality in granting residence permits in the so-called melting pot, and the revision of the immigration status of resident foreigners whose papers have expired.
From a statement issued by the Presidency of Panama:
The government has asked the Assembly to return to the first legislative body a bill which eliminates the immigration fairs and to start discussions to establish a migration code.
At the request of the executive branch, "... The document was dropped from second to first debate, "arguing that it had to go back for review and take into account the considerations of the business sector, particularly the hotel industry and businesses linked to the Colon Free Zone.
An announcement has been made that the next round of issuance of residence permits to foreigners will be the last, in a change to the policy "aimed at strengthening borders to preventing the influx of illegal immigrants."
Panamaamerica.com reports that "On 12 October, on the same day as 'Día de la Hispanidad' Panama will hold for the last time the fair for mass regularization of foreigners, known as the 'Melting Pot'."
Businessmen are demanding that costs be reduced and the procedures required for immigrants to obtain temporary work permits be simplified.
The Chamber of Exporters of Costa Rica (Cadexco) has asked the General Department of Immigration and Foreign Services for migration processes to be improved and for a reduction in the cost of issuing permits, which currently "... has a cost of $98 for issuing a document which only lasts one year, so if you want to come in the next harvest you will have to pay again, which affects not only the employee but also the employer."
The country's labor problems could be solved by developing an immigration policy that allows skilled foreign workers to work and also train panamanians.
In his opinion piece Rene Quevedo notes the difficulties facing the Panamanian labor market due to a lack of national technical professionals and because of a preference for adult workers over young people with little experience and training.
Keeping up with the pace of economic growth, in 2018 the employment rate will be double the current level.
During the conference entitled "Impact of the Economy in the Private Sector" , organized by the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Panama, the president of the consultancy company Intracorp S. A., Ruben Lachman, said that companies that require skilled labor will continue to recruit foreigners who match the professional profile they are looking for.
Another 11,000 foreigners from 44 different countries have regularized their immigration status and obtained work and residency permits.
" ... Some 54 foreign nationalities have regularized their status, in the seventeen days that the process takes, without any hitches, although the number of regularized people has increased compared to the previous processes," said Javier Carrillo , director general of the National Immigration Service (SNM by its initials in Spanish) .
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